Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
Reload this Page >

SS Gear Ratio setup for racing

Notices
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like : "Unbound Gravel". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

SS Gear Ratio setup for racing

Old 09-28-12, 06:15 AM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
canflyboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 204
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
SS Gear Ratio setup for racing

I want to try a race with my SS Bianchi San Jose and the 42/17 stock gearing is great for commuting. I'm looking to see what setup racers are using to get me in the ballpark for racing.

Thanks

Canflyboy
canflyboy is offline  
Old 09-28-12, 12:19 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Andy_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Posts: 14,800

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 527 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3271 Post(s)
Liked 3,999 Times in 1,475 Posts
It depends on how strong you are and how hilly the course is. I'd say 38/17 would be a good starting point.
__________________
My Bikes
Andy_K is offline  
Old 09-28-12, 04:31 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Breathegood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Castle Rock, CO
Posts: 332

Bikes: '09 Gary Fisher "Kaitai, '09 Raleigh Team", '91 Trek 8700, '97 Cannondale SR500, '12 Raleigh Twin Six

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'd go pretty low. I've been working out on the local cross course and I rarely get higher than 3rd on my Alfine 8 hub. Granted, I don't have a whole field of racers around me and I like to actually ride up the "run-ups", but I'd have to gear my SS mtb down to the 36-16 or 38-18 range to be able to ride everything that I do on my geared cross bike.
Breathegood is offline  
Old 09-28-12, 05:06 PM
  #4  
or tarckeemoon, depending
 
marqueemoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: the pesto of cities
Posts: 7,017

Bikes: Davidson Impulse, Merckx Titanium AX, Bruce Gordon Rock & Road, Cross Check custom build, On-One Il Pomino, Shawver Cycles cross, Zion 737, Mercian Vincitore, Brompton S1L, Charge Juicer

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Andy_K
It depends on how strong you are and how hilly the course is. I'd say 38/17 would be a good starting point.
I ran 39x17 last year.
I'm trying 39x18 this year.

I don't quite have the leg speed to make the most of 39x18 on the flats but I'm working on it.
marqueemoon is offline  
Old 09-28-12, 05:45 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
canflyboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 204
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm actually fairly strong, more of a grinder than a spinner and the courses around here would be mildly hilly - mostly flats. A 39/18 isabout 58.5 gear inches. I have a 43 (and a 44) chainring and if I get a 20 rear sprocket, that will give me 58.1.

Thanks all

Canflyboy
canflyboy is offline  
Old 09-28-12, 05:49 PM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 7,075
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
I haven't raced, but I run 39x18 off road and it works well.
thirdgenbird is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
thatguyryan
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
15
05-02-16 10:43 PM
Debusama
Cyclocross Racing
10
10-10-11 12:35 PM
CliftonGK1
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
34
09-23-11 02:42 PM
lolitsJeff
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
27
12-29-10 12:42 AM
bdcheung
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
23
09-05-10 05:11 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.